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The Crucified Christ with the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Angels with Instruments of the Passion

Artist/maker unknown, Flemish

Made in Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium), Europe

c. 1460-1490

Painted oak

Cross: 14 feet x 9 feet 6 inches (426.7 x 289.6 cm) Base: 10 3/4 inches × 7 feet 2 1/4 inches × 12 inches (27.3 × 219.1 × 30.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 300, European Art 1100-1500, third floor (Wallace Gallery)

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Purchased with Museum funds from the George Grey Barnard Collection, 1945

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This sculptural group originally stood over the entrance to the choir or altar area of a church, supported by a massive, wooden (rood) beam or screen. Thus, the group would have occupied the center of the nave and faced the congregation. The central image of the suffering Jesus relates to the saying of Mass at the altar, the Christian rite that celebrates Jesus' sacrifice for the salvation of mankind.

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